Today seems to be world international laptop launch day, with Sony already unveiling its refreshed Vaio S and Vaio C Series of laptops, it’s now Lenovo’s turn with six new models in the T, L and W ThinkPad lines.
Lenovo has long been known for making some serious machines. While eschewing style for substance, Lenovo’s ThinkPad range has carved out a niche for itself among those customers looking for their laptops to be true mobile workstations – just look at the beast that was the W701ds which we reviewed recently. Today Lenovo is announcing new models in each of the T, L and W lines. All new models will be getting the latest Sandy Bridge processors and NVIDIA Optimus or ATI discrete graphics. There is also improved battery life with one of the models claiming a mammoth 30 hour battery life. Lenovo has also upgraded the voice calling with dual array microphones, keyboard noise reduction and a microphone mute button.
The three new models in the T Series include the 14in T240s and T240 as well as the larger 15.6in T520. All come with the options of the latest Core i5 or Core i7 processors. The biggest improvements come in the boot and battery times of the models. The T420s boasts a 30 percent increase in boot time while the T420 claims to be able to produce up to 30 hours of battery time when an optional 9-cell slice battery is added to its integrated 9-cell battery. Pricing for the new T-series models in the US start at: $1,329 (T420s), $779 (T420) and $909 (T520). No pricing for the UK has been announced yet.
The ThinkPad L Series is updated with the 14in L420 and 15.6in L520 which are not as slim as the T Series. You will be able to get the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, ATI's Radeon HD 565 discrete graphics, and up to 8GB of RAM. For even speedier action you will also be able to chose an 80GB SSD option – which we imagine will add quite a bit to the pricing. The L420 will have a resolution of 1,366 x 768 but the 15.6in L520 can be had with a resolution of 1,600 x 900. Both models start at $719 in the US, with no UK pricing available yet.
Finally in the refresh, we get the W530 in the W Series, which is the update to its high-end workstation line. While the starting price for this model is $1,329, with a huge array of upgrades available most customers plumbing for this model will likely spend a lot more than that. Processors wise, the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 (including a quad core option) are available with graphic handled by either NVIDIA's Fermi Quadro 1000M or 2000M, and up to 2GB of dedicated graphics memory. There is an option for a 160GB SSD and two USB 3.0 ports for speedy connections. No UK pricing has been released yet.
The ThinkPad T, L and W Series will be available starting in March